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Arsenio Hall plans US TV comeback

Arsenio Hall
Image caption Arsenio Hall recently won the US version of Celebrity Apprentice

Talk show host Arsenio Hall, a star of US TV in the 1990s, is returning with a new late-night show.

The 57-year-old actor and comedian is working with CBS Television Distribution on the format, which will air from autumn 2013.

The Emmy Award-winning Arsenio Hall Show ran from 1989 to '94 and featured guests from Bill Clinton to Hall's Coming to America co-star Eddie Murphy.

His TV comeback follows his recent win on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice.

When Hall's original show premiered, it was a surprise hit in the US late-night slot that had long been dominated by Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.

His programme regularly featured up-and-coming rappers and stars such as director Spike Lee, comedian Bill Cosby and boxers Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

Image caption Bill Clinton famously played the saxophone on Hall's show in 1992

Its place in history was secured in 1992 when then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton played Heartbreak Hotel on the saxophone.

Hall's acting credits include regular appearances on Martial Law in the late 1990s and a variety of roles alongside Eddie Murphy in 1988 comedy Coming to America.

Speaking to the LA Times , Hall admitted the US late-night TV market was crowded, with his competition set to include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

"I know there are a lot of shows, but I think there's a space for my show," he said. "In the end, I'm a comic, and nothing fits the talk show mode like a stand-up comic."

Hall also revealed he could revive his trademark "Dog Pound", which saw his studio audience greet their host by pumping their fists and barking.

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